The Hunger Games and Race

So, there is apparently a group of people (i.e. people who need to learn that Twitter is public) outraged (making such vicious and dumb racist comments that I won’t link to the article that recounts them) that black actors were cast in the roles of Thresh, Rue, and Cinna in The Hunger Games, because, well, I can only assume that they have poor reading comprehension skills or did not actually read the book. Jezbel runs down the list of characters and the descriptions from the book here. Guess what, both characters are explicitly described as being darker skinned. I will admit, I didn’t re-read the books, so I didn’t have that reminder of how the characters were described, but all the actors seemed well cast for their parts, especially Amandla Strenberg as Rue. She just emoted cleverness and gracefulness throughout the film. And I’ll take Lenny Kravitz any day of the week.

Blogging Weirdness

I occasionally look at the stats that WordPress handily provides, and they now document country of origin for viewers too. It’s kind of cool to know I’m occasionally being read by people in Australia–I so want to visit Australia. But in looking at the stats, I realized someone just searched “electric telegraph” and come up with my blog. So I did a Google search. Yep the blog comes up after the Daily Telegraph and before the Wikipedia entry on the electric telegraph. I hope that person found what they were looking for.